Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration

If you're a current public safety professional, our online bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration will prepare you to be a leader in today's public safety organizations. Our bachelor's degree is perfect if you already have a related associate degree or certificate.

Choose your subplan

Already have a public safety certification? Our online bachelor of applied science degree in public safety administration lets you take the classes related to your experience, training or previous education. Within the public safety administration degree, you can choose from the following sub-plans:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Fire Science
  • Cross Discipline (Combination of subplans)

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Private Detectives and Investigators

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Social and Community Service Managers

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Features of SPC's Public Safety Administration bachelor's degree

  • We offer eight-week courses completely online
  • We give you academic credit for your previous experience or training
  • Our faculty members are experienced public safety professionals
  • Our courses cover theory and practical application
  • We are a regionally accredited program
  • Our board of advisors fine-tines courses to meet industry needs
  • Your public safety certifications and our bachelor's degree can prepare you for career promotions in the private and public sector

SKILLS you learn in SPC's bachelor of applied science degree

Our online bachelor's degree courses in Public Safety Administration teach you to think critically and solve problems. You will also learn to:

  • Fine tune strategic and operational plans
  • Develop and evaluate programs
  • Enhance human resources and productivity
  • Address organizational issues
  • Manage budgets

Public Safety Administration Bachelor of Applied Science


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2019 (565)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2019 (565), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

publicsafetyadvising@spcollege.edu -

Susan Demers

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

This program develops competencies that help students solve management problems, understand finance and budgets, fine tune strategic plans, develop and evaluate programs, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity and address internal organizational issues.

The PSA-BAS degree, along with the appropriate certifications, prepares graduates for entry-level positions in law enforcement, fire services, corrections, emergency medical services, emergency administration management, and industrial security enterprises in government and private sector agencies.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

43.9999: Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other.

Admission Rules

Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits in a related discipline, including 15 credits of transferable general education courses.

Fully Online.

Graduation Rules

Students who have not completed an AS degree in a Public Safety Related field are required to complete 24 credits total of lower division public safety courses in addition to the bachelor level classes. These courses include the pre-fixes of CCJ, CJL, CJB, CJD, CJE, CJT, DSC, EMS, and FFP.

If you have not completed two years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the BAS Program.

Additional General Education Courses

Enhanced World View Requirements
A. Communications 9
B. Humanities/Fine Arts 6
C. Mathematics 6
D. Natural & Physical Sciences 6-7
E. Social & Behavioral Sciences 6
F. Ethics 3
G. Computer/Information Literacy Competency (see catalog for details)

60 credits in a related discipline with at least 15 General Education credits

Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)

MAN 3301 Public Personnel Management 3
PAD 3311 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
PAD 3820 Foundations of Public Safety Administration 3
PAD 3874 Community Relations Theory and Practice 3
PAD 4046 Managing Conflict in Public Organizations 3
PAD 4204 Public Finance 3
PAD 4232 Grant Administration & Resource Development 3
PAD 4603 Administrative Law 3
1 PAD 4878 Public Safety Administration Capstone 3

Elective Courses (Select 6 credits)

COM 3120 Organizational Communication 3
ISM 3011 Management Information Systems 3
MAN 3240 Applied Organizational Behavior 3
MAN 3303 Management & Leadership Practices 3
MAN 4863 Facilities and Property Management 3
PAD 3034 Survey of Public Policy 3
PAD 4332 Strategic and Operational Planning 3
PAD 4393 Critical Incident Management 3

Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 9 credits):

SUBPLAN: Criminal Justice (CJ)

CJC 3163 Management of Community Corrections 3
CJC 3311 Contemporary Issues & Trends in Corrections 3
CJC 3601 Corrections Practice & Policy 3
CJE 3263 International Organized Crime 3
CJE 3341 Patrol Issues in Law Enforcement Administration 3
CJE 3361 Management of Specialized Law Enforcement Units 3
CJE 3611 Criminal Investigations Theory and Practice 3
PAD 4014 Political & Socio-Economic Impact of Gangs 3

SUBPLAN: Fire Science (FSE)

FES 3003 Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection 3
FES 3015 Advanced Fire Administration 3
FES 3533 Community Fire & Risk Reduction 3
FES 3780 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection 3
FES 4585 Fire Prevention Organization and Management 3
FFP 3785 Chief Officer 3

SUBPLAN: Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS)

FES 3823 Planning Methodology for Hazard Mitigation 3
FES 3833 Emerging Issues in Environmental Disaster Management 3
FES 4014 Evolution of Emergency Management 3
PAD 4393 Critical Incident Management 3

SUBPLAN: Cross Discipline (CD)

Choose 9 credits from the Subplans above 9

1 Prior to registering for Capstone course (PAD 4878) all other coursework should be completed (or enrolled in).

Total Credits 120

Complete your education at SPC

SPC's College of Public Safety Administration offers several tiers of training and accreditation for those in the public safety field.

Public Safety Administration B.A.S. Degree

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration program, you need:

  • 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution, including:
    • 15 credits of transferrable general education courses 
    • ENC1101 Composition I or equivalent
    • A college math course: MAT 1033, MAT 1100, STA 2023, STA 2023H or any MAC, MGF, MTG, MAS math prefix 
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all postsecondary course work

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